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Muscatine's Juan Espinal

Editor's note: Juan Espinal is a junior midfielder on the Muscatine soccer team. He will contribute a guest blog throughout the spring high school season.

After coming from a close game but losing in overtime against Bettendorf, we were all hungry for our first MAC win.

We had Assumption on Tuesday of this week. We were ready, and it was our first home game, which got us more pumped. All we had to focus on was the game and getting our win.

Kickoff started and it was scoreless in the first half. The Knights scored with under ten minutes to go in the second half and we were all worried, but we didn't stop fighting - we kept playing and giving it our all.

With less than a minute left, our forward Ozzy Carillo had a shot outside the eighteen-yard box to tie the game.

With less than eight minutes in the first overtime, I stepped to the ball and beat their defender in the eighteen-yard box. I had a defender behind me and one coming to get me.

I wanted to shoot and score the goal, but I saw Ozzy running on to the goal. I relaxed and kept my composure and played him a great ball, and he came in and finished the game.

All I cared about was the win and it felt good to get our first MAC win at home. Now we have to prepare for the Waterloo tournament this weekend, and our third MAC game against Burlington next Tuesday.

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